When Press Pass was kind enough to send us a review box of Parks and Recreation, we decided to turn it into a family project.
First of all, Marlin sorted the box. On the lid of the attractive box, it says two Autographs and one Relic card so I was pretty excited to see what Marlin found. He found one complete 90-card set, with only three doubles. There are parallel cards and the box yielded 24 of those. There were Autograph cards for Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd plus a Relic card for Aubrey Plaza. All in all, a terrific sort.
Having not watched the TV show, I decided to really look at the cards to see if I might find it interesting. The story sounded very down to earth and something which could happen anywhere. A civil servant and a nurse take on a project to turn a useless pit into a community park. Even though it sounds easy, it really isn’t and the plot develops from there. By the time I was half way through the cards, I was already hooked but will turn this over to Harris who has watched the show right from the beginning. Before I do, let me say collecting cards can help you become interested in something you were not interested in before or if you’re already a fan, they can help you have a deeper understanding.
Parks and Recreation Paul Rudd Autograph Card
Parks and Recreation Aubrey Plaza Relic Card
Having watched every Parks & Rec episode on NBC, even during some of the lean times when the show was not much of a critical darling, I consider myself a big fan. While some may say the show did not hit its stride until Adam Scott and Rob Lowe joined the cast, those early episodes were pretty funny and Amy Poehler, Rashida Jones, Aziz Ansari, Nick Offerman, Aubrey Plaza, Chris Pratt, along with the smaller players are quite gifted and very funny.
But enough about the show, its the cards you want to read about. Cards 1 through 68 are devoted to the 68 episodes from seasons one through four. They feature one larger image and several smaller ones capturing memorable scenes and items from that episode. Press Pass has really done a lot within the small confines of a trading card’s 2.5 x 3.5 area. The backs have more small images and an episode synopsis. The design is based on the opening credits.
Parks and Recreation Base Card
Cards 69 through 79 show the main cast of characters including less seen characters Jerry Gergich (played by Jim O’Heir), Donna Meagle (Retta), and Perd Hapley (Jay Jackson). I’m not sure how “Perd Hapley” made the cut or why others such as Jean Ralphia (Ben Schwartz), Alison Becker (Shauna Malwae-Tweep), or even Mark Brendanawicz (Paul Schneider), who has been on more episodes then Jackson, didn’t make it to their own cards. But there’s always Series 2!!
Cards 80 through 90 are uniquely devoted to websites that tie-in to the show. Some sites include www.RonSwansonGrill.com (card 87), www.Entertainment720.com (card 84), and www.Knope2012.com (card 86).
Overall, this is a terrific set and a must have for fans of the show and even those new to it like my mother!
Parks and Recreation Character Card
Parks and Recreation Website Card
Parks and Recreation Amy Poehler Autograph Card